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Poster: ghostofpig Date: Dec 29, 2009 10:39am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 12-6-73 Dark Star

Fred was one of the nicest musicians in the bunch--may he rest in peace. David--I met him in 1976 when he'd just made the move to New York. He was somewhat of a prick from the start. Most of the time he was polite, but once he tasted money . . . . He had a standing pitcvh in 1978. He'd record for anyone for 10,000. But the thing was that he was that good--as a player and a composer. His contributions are enormous (though playing with the Dead--I always took that as a ruse to increase his audience).

Bluiet was also outstanding. He was the last person to play at Sam Rivers' Studio Rivbea--in the summer of 1979--the night after the big blowout between Sam and Stanley Crouch (David Murray's mentor) that ended the loft scene.
That was moment I was sorry to have witnessed.

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Poster: jerlouvis Date: Dec 29, 2009 11:51am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 12-6-73 Dark Star

You are right about Fred,he was one of the nicest people I have ever met.Dave was a little rough around the edges but if you got to know him he had a warm friendly side also,but I met him in the mid 80s when he was more settled in his career and maybe a little wiser than your early encounters.As for Hamiett he had a gruffness about him,but once he realized that I always had good pot we became buddies.Murray is in Paris now,Hamiett lives in St. Louis and like I said the scene in N.Y. is dead.You caught it at it's high point during the loft scene,that must have been big fun.

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Poster: ghostofpig Date: Dec 29, 2009 4:19pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 12-6-73 Dark Star

ust like 1967-9 all over again!